Results: Bank Policy
Strong growth is a key factor driving higher interest rates
The bounceback in economic activity in New Zealand since the first nationwide lockdown last year has been so strong that the unemp...
Rate rises delayed but with upside risk
Borrowers could reasonably expect higher rates at their peaks, but not necessarily a faster speed of increase. Our central bank ha...
Rate cuts are likely to be short term only
Margins are below average for terms of three years and longer. This tell us that unless there's a change in borrowing costs, anyone holding out for further falls in rates is taking quite a gamble.
Breaking: Loan-to-value (LVR) rules are removed by the RBNZ
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) announced yesterday that the loan-to-value ratio (LVR) restrictions that they put in place back in 2013 will be removed from 1 May for 12 months. So what does this mean?
Does a mortgage holiday affect your credit score?
During the lockdown, many New Zealanders financially affected by Covid-19 have been taking up the banks' offers of going on a mortgage holiday (also referred to as a repayment deferral).
Managing your mortgage through the COVID-19 crisis
Squirrel's CEO John Bolton shared some practical advice for homeowners, and how to keep up with mortgage repayments when hit by financial hardship, in a time like this.